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In the February 16, 2011 issue
VAT Reaches Peak in United Kingdom
AIME Records 32 Percent Visitor Boost
All-Inclusive Packages for Meetings: An Idea Whose Time Has Come?
Introduction to International Meeting Contracts
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VAT Reaches Peak in United Kingdom

By Alison Hall

In early January, the Value-Added Tax in the United Kingdom rose to its highest level ever, from 17.5 percent to 20 percent. If you’re planning a meeting in the U.K., and working with a VAT reclaim company, does the rate increase really matter? We asked some of our usual experts. “It matters,” says Nancy Eide, principal, CEI VAT Reclaim. Find out why—and what other factors could mitigate the issue.

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AIME Records 32 Percent Visitor Boost

The Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo is under way at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre in Melbourne, Australia, with a 32 percent increase in pre-registered visitors. While the meetings business is looking up down under, flood-ravaged Queensland is still recovering. Read how AIME attendees are helping out.

All-Inclusive Packages for Meetings: An Idea Whose Time Has Come?

By Rob Hard

“Planners are asking now more than ever for all-inclusive properties,” says Teresa Matamoros, CMP, director of incentive and corporate meetings for the Mexico Tourism Board in Chicago. “This is due to smaller budgets than in previous years and short lead times.” So what’s included in all-inclusives? Find out—and which hotel company has begun offering all-inclusive packages for the first time.

Introduction to International Meeting Contracts

Two leading international meeting industry associations, the International Congress and Convention Association and the International Association of Congress Centres, have released a document, “Contracting with Major Congress and Convention Venues,” outlining the basics of international meeting venue contracts. If you’re new to international meeting planning, this guide is for you. Did you know, for example, that if a contract is translated into more than one language, it must state which language version is legally binding? Learn more.

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